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When you settle in to watch a Lifetime biopic, you’re taking a risk. Especially if it’s about the life of a beloved Black woman. But when the family or the person whose story is being told has a hand in the telling of that story, there’s a good chance that things will go over well. See the VH1 TLC biopic and now the Lifetime’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart.
You would think that we already knew all there was to know about Toni Braxton. But the biopic revealed a couple of nuggets of good information like Toni not being able to talk about the fact that not only did she sue LaFace and Arista; but she couldn’t talk about the outcome of the case, (She won.), for ten years. We learned the severity of her health struggles, saw the shift in her family dynamic when her father’s infidelity was revealed. And we gained a bit more insight into the reason her marriage to Keri Lewis didn’t work out. But more than just tea, there were also some pretty great lessons we can learn from Toni’s trials and triumphs.
Check out five take aways from the tv movie.
Take Your Shot
In the very beginning of the movie, Toni and her sisters sing for LA Reid and Babyface. Unfortunately, the duo had already signed a girl group and they were only looking for a solo artist. And they wanted Toni. Yikes. It was a tough situation to put a young girl in, especially the eldest sister. But it was Toni’s father and brother who encouraged her to go for it. Her father, Michael, reminded her mother Evelyn that she too was offered an opportunity to sing professionally. Like her daughter, she was in a group as well. And out of loyalty, she turned the opportunity down. And her husband asked And how many shots did you get after that? Silence. Opportunity doesn’t always knock twice. And while Toni vowed to help her sisters, which she most certainly honored, she stepped out there on her own. Imagine what would have happened if she hadn’t.
When Toni first signed her record deal, Pebbles and LA kept talking about her artist budget. Everything was taken out of her artist budget. The clothes, the shoes etc. And while Toni had initial questions, after a while, LA Reid, told her that they could talk about all of that later. They certainly would talk about it later but not until the damage had already been done. Much of it was unavoidable but had Toni asked more questions, she might have had a better understanding of what could possibly happen.
Speak Up For Yourself
What I most admired about Toni, throughout the biopic, was that she stood up for herself. When she didn’t like what the musicians were doing to a song, when she wasn’t cool with the direction they were pushing her, whether she was ultimately right or wrong, she spoke up. And most memorably, when she learned that her finances had taken a hit, instead of cowering away, defeated, she sued the record company to (she thought) clear her name and and when she and Babyface reunited, she told him she wasn’t there to just do what he said anymore.
Listen to Your Body
Though she was diagnosed with Lupus until much later, Toni had been exhibiting symptoms of the disease for years, almost from the time she began her career. But she kept ignoring it, pretending like it wasn’t a big deal. Unfortunately, things had to go from bad to worse before she finally started listening.
Keep Fighting for Your Dream
Just when Toni became disenchanted with the music industry for the last time, she announced that she was retiring. But with the encouragement from some huge names in music and a push from her friend Babyface, she went back to it. And after the release of her comeback album, she and Babyface won a Grammy.
If you’re an avid watcher of Braxton Family Values, then you know the talented sisters have been anxious to put out an album together – a first since their 1990 debut, chart-topping single, “Good Life.”
25 years later, the singing sisters are finally making good on their promise and harmonizing in unity for the holiday season this year. Titled, Braxton Family Christmas, the LP features the pure, soulful sounds of Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar.
Earlier this week on Tamar’s hit daytime show, The Real, the ladies reunited, debuting “Mary Did You Know” from the highly-anticipated album. Press play and watch this amazing video as the sisters bring down the house with their impressive octaves.
You can purchase Braxton Family Christmas now on iTunes.
Earlier this month, we showed you a cast photo from Lifetime’s Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart. We honestly thought casting directors did a decent job with this project, but what do the Braxton sisters think about a the women who were cast to play them?
During a recent taping of “The Real,” which features the Braxton family, Tamar saw a photo of the actress who will be playing her for the first time—and her reaction was quite interesting.
“I haven’t seen anything about the movie yet,” Tamar told her cast members, prompting producers to pull up the photo.
Y’all know that Tay Tay is rarely at a loss for words, but she seemed speechless when she saw the photo. She did, however, manage to make one of her signature faces. We still can’t tell whether this means she approves or disapproves, but it’s hilarious to watch.
“You found somebody that acts like me? she asked Toni.
“Yes Lord,” Toni replied.
“You tried it,” Tamar shot back.
We must see this character in action.
As we told you earlier this week, Toni Braxton’s Lifetime biopic, Unbreak My Heart, is set for a premiere date of January 23. And as we get closer to the new year, the network has released a first teaser trailer to boost anticipation. And so far, so good!
As the biopic is based on Braxton’s successful 2014 memoir of the same name, it will tackle all the things she shared in that book, including the ups and downs she’s had in the music industry, her financial struggles, her relationship woes, raising her autistic son, Diezel, and of course, her health problems. The preview trailer shows star Lex Scott Davis as the singer throughout her career, including a scary scene where the star is being rushed to the hospital.
Check out the preview for yourself and let us know what you think. The biopic will be produced by Kenneth “Babyface Edmonds,” and not only will Braxton contribute to the project (other Lifetime biopics have been without the support of the artists or the family’s of the artists who are the subject), she will appear in the film as herself.
Lifetime recently released the first photos from Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, and it looks like it could be quite interesting. One photo depicts actress Lex Scott Davis, who has been cast as Braxton, during a performance scene. Another shows the real Toni with Lex and the four actresses who have been cast to play her sisters.
The Grammy Award-winning singer’s long-awaited biopic is set to premiere on Saturday, January 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and as previously reported, will document the singer’s professional and personal journey to superstardom.
“Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart follows the singer’s journey from her discovery by mega producers L.A. Reid and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds to her battle with Lupus,” the network explains in a press release. “The movie also delves into how she made it through her public divorce all while navigating her son’s autism and family struggles. Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart chronicles the untold measures the wildly talented artist took to make herself and her family whole again, becoming a global inspiration.”
From what we can see, it looks like they did alright in the casting department. And while the network has developed a bit of a reputation for butchering biopics after the whole Aaliyah debacle, it looks like this one might be a good one.
There hasn’t been much news about Un-Break My Heart, the Toni Braxton Lifetime biopic, other than the fact that Toni herself will star in it.
However, ABC Family series Stitchers actress, Tiffany Hines, recently took to twitter to share the news that she was cast in the biopic.
Yay! So excited to be a part of the new movie! #UnbreakmyHeart Dat Braxton life y’all! 😘
— Tiffany Hines (@tiffanyhines) September 30, 2015
While Hines, who previously had a reoccurring role in the FOX series Bones, didn’t share which character she’d be playing, The Grio is reporting that she’s filling the shoes of the baby of the Braxton sisters: Tamar Braxton.
Un-Break My Heart chronicles the personal and professional life of Toni, but from watching just one episode of Braxton Family Values, you’ll understand just how important Toni’s relationship with her three sisters. Therefore, the casting of his movie is crucial.
Not to mention, playing the character of the sassy, joke cracking Tamar is a task in itself, as she’s been candid about being a perfectionist. So, it’s a no-brainer that Tamar will be looking for Hines to bring her A-game and do her character justice.
The roles of Traci Braxton, Towanda Braxton and Trina Braxton have yet to be announced.
What do you all think of Tiffany playing Tamar?
Lifetime has another celeb-centered biopic in the works, and we’re hoping that it’s not a repeat of the fiasco that was Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.
According to Variety, executives at the cable channel recently gave the green light on a TV movie about the life of Grammy Award-winning songstress, Toni Braxton.
The film is reported to be based on—in addition to bearing the same title as—Braxton’s 2014 memoir, Un-Break My Heart, which addressed the singer’s battle with lupus, financial struggles, her divorce and her son’s autism diagnosis.
Braxton is at the helm of the project, fulfilling roles as both an executive producer and actress. Joining the legendary vocalist in the executive producer role will be Craig Baumgarten, Erik Kritzer, and Marcus Grant. The treatment for the biographical TV film was penned by Susan McMartin, and Vondie Curtis-Hall will direct. Production is slated to begin later this year.
Considering that Miss Braxton has her hand in the pot, we’re hopeful that the finished product will be something that she can be proud of.
This weekend, Café Mocha gets personal with the legendary husky contralto Toni Braxton. During their interview, Toni talks about her new tour and how her sisters manage becoming over-night celebrities. Toni also talks about her dating life after divorce and host Loni Love even thinks she may have find “the one” for her.
After you finish listening to Toni, hear what the ladies of MadameNoire had to say in this week’s Did Y’all See? snippet on Café Mocha Radio and catch them any time on our YoutTube channel at YouTube.com/MadameNoire.
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There have been a lot of wardrobe malfunctions in Hollywood, but none of them can top Lenny Kravitz’ recent concert where he rocked out with it all out when his pants split open mid show (and revealed his secret piercing to the entire audience). We’ve got the gif here, but keep in mind it’s very NSFW.
Continue clicking to peep these celebrity wardrobe malfunctions left nothing to the imagination.
Recently, B. Scott had the chance to chat with Tamar Braxton when she called into his new podcast, “The B. Scott Show.” He asked her a series of questions we’ve all been dying to know like why she got so emotional during that episode of “The Real” where she referenced the bullying she had endured the hands of fellow songstress K. Michelle, spoke issues of jealousy between she and Toni and even addressed the rumors that she and Vince don’t pay people who work for them.
Check out a few of the highlights below.
On that infamous ‘bullying’ breakdown on ‘The Real’
You know, it’s always the person whose bullying you who makes it about themselves — but I have to be honest and say that it wasn’t about the people who have bullied me. It was really, honestly, about what information can I give my own child, you know?
The reason why I broke down, was because — yes, it does affect me emotionally. But the reason why I broke down was because I felt like I didn’t have the information to give my child if he comes to me and asks me…because it still affects me, if you know what I’m saying.
On Dealing with it now
You know, I really don’t care any more. To be honest, if I don’t know those people — and I love my Tamartian friends and my fans, and I’m sure they love me…but they’re not gonna love everything you do. I think what has helped me the most is that I have to truly, 100% believe in what I am doing and what I stand by.
On the reoccurring rumors that she and Vince don’t pay their employees:
I can’t say they don’t have a good experience working with me. You know, because I’ve kept people employed for, you know, a very long time — years and years. When things start to not work out and people get let go or what have you, they’re upset. They start saying things — which is the same exact thing — and it’s ridiculous. If that was the problem, then you wouldn’t have been here for 3 or 4 years. You understand what I’m saying? But now, all of a sudden, oh, I ain’t paid you for three years and you’ve been sticking around! *laughs* That doesn’t even make no sense. Stop it!
On supposedly being jealous of her sister Toni:
Let me go back to last season of [Braxton Family Values] where everyone heard me say — ‘no disrespect to you Toni, I feel like you have definitely been a huge part of not just this family, but to the music industry itself — but I do not feel you paved the way for me.’
Let me just explain myself, right? This is what I was talking about — I’ve had five record deals before now. If it just depended on the fact that Toni is not only an icon [but] my sister, then I would have made it five deals ago! That’s all I was saying. I wasn’t trying to be disrespectful to her or say that she’s not talented or say that she doesn’t deserve to be [anything]– or that I’m even jealous. I was just saying, ‘[Toni] being my sister has NOTHING to do with the success I have today! I worked my complete behind off. This is my SIXTH record deal and, you know, if it was just solely dependent on YOU being my sister than it would have happened five record deals ago.
You can listen to Tamar’s full interview with B. Scott in the audio below.